Nearly Forty Years Later,
His Words Still Ring True
The day after Robert F. Kennedy was shot and killed in a Los Angeles hotel in June 1968, his brother's former aide and speechwriter, the distinguished Pulitzer-winning historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., delivered a college commencement speech. When I came upon an outtake of that address the other day, I was startled at how thoroughly contemporary the issues he discussed back then sounded now. He called Americans "the most frightening people on this planet...because the atrocities we commit trouble so little our official self-righteousness, our invincible conviction of our moral infallibility."